Are you looking for something to do this weekend?
Have you ever wanted to look inside Point Perpendicular Lighthouse?
Here's your chance.
The historic lighthouse is again open this weekend as part of the 18th International Lighthouse and Lightship Weekend (ILLW).
The ILLW is an annual worldwide event held on the third full weekend of August each year which aims to raise the profile of lighthouses, lightvessels and other navigational aids by promoting lighthouses and associated maritime heritage.
In NSW, Lighthouses of Australia will be operating two retired lighthouses, Point Perpendicular at the entrance to Jervis Bay and the Wollongong Breakwater.
At the entrance to Jervis Bay the old Point Perpendicular Lighthouse is operating for three nights.
The open weekend started Friday (August 16) and will continue Saturday and Sunday, August 17-18.
This iconic lighthouse can be viewed from the grounds, which will be open to the public until 7.30pm each night.
Weather permitting guided tours of the tower will be conducted between 11am and 4pm, no entry to the tower after 4.30pm or in adverse or wet weather.
Visitors must keep in mind the extremely dry conditions prevailing and the ever present risk of bush fires on the Beecroft Peninsula.
The Point Perpendicular lighthouse was first lit in 1899 and operated until it was demanned and replaced by a steel tower and solar beacon in 1994.
The lighthouse was fully restored by the Department of Defence in 2012.
The restoration of the lighthouse complex demonstrates a commitment to the local community and ensures the survival of the complex for interpretive and adaptive reuse for years to come.
Further north and the Wollongong Breakwater Lighthouse is also operating over the weekend.
It operated Thursday and Friday and will continue Saturday and Sunday from dusk till dawn each night.
The elegant lighthouse at the entrance to Wollongong Harbour was first lit in 1872 and operated until its closure in May 1974.
Even though small in stature at just 14 metres tall, it has withstood the tests of time and is one of the Illawarra's lasting links with our rich maritime history.
The historic Breakwater lighthouse was restored to operating condition by the then Department of Land and Water Conservation in 2001.
Wollongong Breakwater lighthouse can be viewed from the Belmore Basin foreshore, however the tower is not open for tours.
The lighting of the two lighthouses will allow the public an opportunity to view and experience working heritage.
Trusts and friends groups will use the days to raise awareness of their work and involvement in the preservation of and the history of lighthouses.
Also over the weekend, amateur radio operators around the world will be transmitting from lighthouses to recognise the dual role of many lighthouses as signal stations and with the objective of fostering international relations.
More than 300 lights in 50 countries will be participating in this year's event.